GUWAHATI, Jan 15 � The United Liberation Front of Asom (Independent) has started acting tough against its members who are trying to come out of the outfit. It killed one of its senior members, Partha Pratim Gogoi alias Partha Asom this morning for this reason.
Though the location where the ULFA leader was killed is yet to be ascertained, according to information available with the police and security forces, he was killed in Mon district of Nagaland.
Highly placed police sources told The Assam Tribune that Gogoi, who was the assistant finance secretary of the ULFA(I) was killed by his colleagues after receiving �orders from the top�. Sources said that a group of ULFA men, including Gogoi were in Mon district of Nagaland for some time and they were responsible for collection of funds from Upper Assam districts.
Sources admitted that Gogoi was in touch with the police for some time as he wanted to come out of the outfit.
Police claimed that of late, the ULFA(I) started acting tough against those who wanted to come out of the outfit. Within the last three months, at least nine members of the outfit were killed as they tried to desert the outfit and come over ground.
Sources also said that the killing of Partha Pratim Gogoi would be a major blow to the ULFA(I) as the senior member, who joined the outfit in the late 1980s, had a number of followers in the outfit.
Meanwhile, the ULFA(I) has admitted that Partha Pratim Gogoi was given �death sentence� today.
In a release e-mailed to the media, the assistant publicity secretary of the ULFA(I), Arunodoi Asom said that Gogoi took Rs 1 crore from the police to work against the outfit. Gogoi was in touch with two senior Assam Police officers and the Assam Rifles and engineered killing and surrender of the members of the ULFA(I). Gogoi was responsible for the seizure of three consignments of weapons of the outfit by the police and security forces and he was planning to surrender on January 26, the ULFA said.
The ULFA(I) further said that Gogoi had informed the police about the plans of the outfit and he was offering huge sums of money to the members of the outfit to persuade them to surrender.